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Arts, Heritage + Culture
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Writers’ Open Mic

Calling all novelists, fiction writers, memoirists, poets, spoken word artists, songwriters, etc! Your writing deserves to be shared. Join us on the first Wednesday of every month to enjoy sharing and hearing original works. Zoom link on our website.

Scrabble & Chess Drop-In

Do you love to play Scrabble or Chess? Or both?
Drop into the Library’s Mainil Room to play with others! Alternate Friday afternoons, 3–5 pm, starting May 13th.
Games provided. All ages and skill levels are welcome.
No registration required, just come have fun.

Knitting a Community

Tuesdays. Do you enjoy knitting and/or crocheting with others, and making useful items from donated yarn for local charities? Join our weekly knitting group on Tuesday mornings. Knitters from beginners to experts are welcome.
Host: Lynne Dyment
Limited to 12 in-person participants, first-come first served.

PR – qathet Cooks Together

Local author Elena Martin will present her new educational cookbook qathet Cooks Together that provides information about how our daily food choices can impact our climate.

Author Reading & Workshop: Janis Harper

Jonas and the Mountain: a Metaphysical Love Story:” An eastern mystic, a western psychic, and a broken man who falls in love with them both at a holy mountain in India. More than an unusual love story, Jonas is a quest for the deepest truth, an excursion into the nature of reality. After her reading, Janis will offer an (optional) creative exercise based on her book.
A Nanaimo-based writer, singer-songwriter, actor, and former adjunct English professor turned expressive arts therapist, Janis’ passions for the arts, metaphysics, spirituality, and philosophy come together in her novel.
In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register. Also accessible live via Zoom from the library’s website.

Readers’ Open Mic

Do you love to read aloud with expression, or listen to someone reading? Here’s your chance to read aloud for all to enjoy (5 minutes max), every third Wed of the month. You’re encouraged to pick a piece that resonates with the monthly theme.
To celebrate Asian Heritage Month, May’s theme is “Asia in the Old & New Worlds.” Read or perform your favourite passage or poem by any writer of any Asian heritage, or about any Asian culture.

Teens and adults, and readers at all levels of English, are all welcome. In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register 604.886.2130 or

PR – Wildcrafted Charcoal Ink Making for Kids

Make Ink – Sink Carbon! Kids 8-12 join visual artist Rosa Quintana Lillo for a hands-on, wildcrafted charcoal ink production workshop. Experiment with charred materials collected by the artist, such as acorns, beechnut husks, fir bark, avocado skins, bone, egg shells and more! Make a batch of ink. Make a drawing. Take home the ink we make together! Space is limited.

Register Here:

PR – The Science and Spirit of Seaweed

Amanda Swinimer presents the story of her decades-long journey among the seaweeds and kelp forests on our coast, explaining how seaweed helps to heal both people and the planet as food and medicine – Friday May 13, 4pm via Zoom – To Register

PR – Read to Dogs

Young readers sign up to share your choice of stories with the Library’s four-legged friends…indoors at the library in the First Credit Union Community Room! These child- certified pooches have ears of the floppy, pointy, velvety variety and they are GOOD listeners.

Idol: Film Screening & Puppet Q&A with Kris Fleerackers

IDOL is a short film using live-action puppetry for a contemporary take on Ovid’s ancient legend of Pygmalion, the classic story of a man who falls in love with the artificial woman he made—themes still surprisingly relevant. (Note: IDOL includes suggestive scenes not appropriate for young children.) After the screening, creator Kris Fleerackers will give a puppet “show and tell.”

In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register.

Also accessible live via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 97924468996  Passcode: 348511

PR – Painting Coastal Landscapes

Join landscape painter Joy Davis for a virtual hands on workshop on laying out, sketching, underpainting and choosing the colour palate for landscape paintings of our coast.

May the 4th Be With You

Celebrate Star Wars day on May 4th at the library with a Star Wars selfie station. Take a picture with an epic Star Wars backdrop and have fun with photo booth props. We have plenty of Star Wars books and movies for the whole family. May the force (on the 4th) be with you!

PR – Poetry Slam – The Language of Trees

This year’s Poetry Slam theme, the Language of Trees, is deeply connected and intertwined with qathet’s community history. Inhabited by Coast Salish peoples since time immemorial, the natural resources of this area, like cedar, sustained and provided much for humans to thrive. In the 19th century, it is also what attracted settlers. The forestry industry of qathet directly contributed to its development. With changing values towards this industry, sustainability and concern of old growth trees is now a prominent issue globally. What do the trees have to say about this?
For more information or to register go to

Be Bear Aware

Join us to learn how you can coexist with our bears by better managing your garbage and attractants, understanding bear behaviours, and knowing what to do if you encounter a bear. The Sunshine Coast Bear Alliance has the mission to end human-bear conflict on the Sunshine Coast and to replace fear with knowledge.
In-person space is limited: contact the Library to register 604-886-2130 or Per public health orders, proof of vaccination is required for ages 12+ to attend this library program. Also accessible live via Zoom on the Library’s website:

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